It is now the oldest City Hall still in use in the United States. this is my first home in the USA; Perth Amboy. 13 years of my life and a big taste of Americana. Right around the traffic circle in front of it you have a park in the middle its the G Washington park with a replica of liberty bell;the bell that sound off American independance in Philadelphia.
Construction of the building began in 1714 and was completed in 1717 or 1718. It served as the local courthouse and jail, and was also used by the Provincial Assembly until 1775. The building has twice been rebuilt after being badly damaged by fire; first in 1731, rebuilt until 1745, and again around 1765 following an arson attack believed to have been committed by a former inmate who was imprisoned on debt charges. It was rebuilt a second time in 1767.
City Hall has undergone three renovations, most recently in 2006, although some of the original structure remains. The building is now Victorian in style.
A two-room surveyor's office was built adjacent to City Hall in 1867, which was used by the General Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey.
Some notable moments done here are
On November 20, 1789, the State of New Jersey became the first to ratify the United States Bill of Rights.
On March 31, 1870 Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824–1904) became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
go see American history at its best
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- Historical Travel
Built in 1764, The Proprietary House served as the home of the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin. Remaining loyal to the crown, he was arrested there in 1775 at the outbreak of the War for Independence. The house was almost lost to fire after the war, but was rescued by John Rattoon and sold to John Woodhull who turned it into the fashionable resort known as The Brighton. It was later the home of Mathias Bruen, one of America’s wealthiest men in the mid-1800s. At the last turn of the century it became a home for retired Presbyterian clergy and their widows and orphans called The Westminster. After a period as a boarding house, it was rescued by concerned citizens and is presently owned by the State of New Jersey.
It continues to serve the community as office space and The Proprietary House Association operates the first two floors as a museum. It is the only Royal Governor’s mansion that survives in the original Thirteen Colonies. We invite you to visit this amazing house!
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Perth Amboy's Waterfront
The beautiful and renovated waterfront, where the Arthur Kill and the Raritan Bay meet, is possibly the Perth Amboy's biggest attraction . Perth Amboy's waterfront is where the city was first settled and one of the few places left in New Jersey that has a historic and marina culture surrounded by water. Passengers on yacht boats, as well as people on foot, get to see a complete view of the waterfront. There one could see stately Victorian homes, the redbrick promenade, the marina, Bayview Park which features a bandshell, a yacht club, and seafood restaurants next to a major waterfront redevelopment plan on the right. This plan costs $600 million and will take eight years. It will include luxury condominiums, restaurants, specialty shops, an international market, and a hotel. The waterfront rises very steep after two blocks. This hinders the rest of the town making the waterfront look like a quiet fishing village. Beautiful Victorians fill the tree lined streets including High Street. Many of them have steep lawns which provide a great view of the bay. There is a Governor's Mansion on Kearny Avenue that dates back to the 1700s where the royal governor of East Jersey lived. It is now a museum and houses some offices, as well. Other points of interest include St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Kearny Cottage and City Hall Park. Popular eateries include The Barge, Seabra's Armory, and Harbor Delight, an ice cream parlor. On beautiful days, the waterfront attracts many people and gatherings. Seeing couples holding hands or lying along the Sadowski Parkway park is also not an uncommon sight. On sunday afternoons in the summertime, Perth Amboy hosts the Concerts by the Bay in Bayview Park's bandshell.
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Downtown Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy’s downtown is centered along Smith Street, Perth Amboy’s main street. Downtown Smith Street is 7 blocks long. Once a shopping mecca for Central New Jersey, competition from the malls and New York forced the higher end stores out of Perth Amboy’s downtown. The shops today include 99 cent stores, grocery stores, and hip-hop clothing stores among other types of stores. Except for a Foot Locker, there are no major chain stores here. However, downtown Perth Amboy is still bustling largely because of the 3% Sales Tax. Instead of paying the statewide 6% Sales Tax, you only pay half. This tax money goes on to enhancing downtown's image by putting in Victorian streetlights, benches, trees, and redbrick sidewalks. Since Perth Amboy is overwhelmingly composed of Hispanic immigrants, you will hear Spanish as the dominant language on the streets. Smith Street, west of the train station, is more thoroughly Hispanic with many Hispanic restaurants and grocery stores.
Places of interest include the 10 story skyscraper in the "five corners." The “five corners” is the intersection of Smith Street, New Brunswick Avenue, and State Street. Buildings downtown usually aren’t taller than 6 stories.
Woodbridge Center Mall is just fifteen minutes away. This is where the big chain stores are. To get there just take the 815 bus to Woodbridge Center in downtown Perth Amboy
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